Monday, June 22, 2009

Meandering about . . .

Today is the birthday of Julian Sorell Huxley (June 22, 1887 – February 14, 1975), biologist, humanist, internationalist and author.

"We are beginning to realize that even the most fortunate people are living far below capacity, and that most human beings develop not more than a small fraction of their potential mental and spiritual efficiency." - Julian Huxley

"By speech first, but far more by writing, man has been able to put something of himself beyond death. In tradition and in books an integral part of the individual persists, for it can influence the minds and actions of other people in different places and at different times: a row of black marks on a page can move a man to tears, though the bones of him that wrote it are long ago crumbled to dust." - Julian Huxley

"Some day no one will have to work more than two days a week... The human being can consume so much and no more. When we reach the point when the world produces all the goods that it needs in two days, as it inevitably will, we must curtail our production of goods and turn our attention to the great problem of what to do with our new leisure." - Julian Huxley

"As a result of a thousand million years of evolution, the universe is becoming conscious of itself . . ." - Julian Huxley

"The great men of the past have given us glimpses of what is possible . . ." - Julian Huxley

"Human potentialities constitute the world's greatest resource." - Julian Huxley

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